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News Release
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Leslie W. Taylor, 501-686-8998
Wireless phone: 501-951-7260
Liz Caldwell, 501-686-8995
Wireless phone: 501-350-4364
Help UAMS Patients while Voting on the Best Tasting Bacon at the Rock Town Bacon Throwdown Oct. 5

LITTLE ROCK – Tickets are on sale now for the first Rock Town Bacon Throwdown, 1 p.m., Oct. 5 at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, a competition featuring local professional chefs serving their best bacon dishes in a cookoff contest to benefit patients at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Medical Center.

Tickets are $25 each and include a sample of each dish, soft drinks/water and a vote in determining the best bacon dish. With purchase of an adult ticket, children 6 and under get in free  for games with activities that include a tasting table just for them. Live entertainment will be provided by the Good Time Ramblers.

Ten local chefs from area restaurants or public venues are already signed up to present dishes revolving around bacon. Top honors will be selected by a panel of judges and the “People’s Choice” based on votes from ticketholders.

Buy tickets online at https://rocktownbaconthrowdown.eventbrite.com or call the UAMS Volunteer Services office, (501) 686-5656.

Proceeds from the event, being hosted by the UAMS Medical Center Auxiliary’s Aux Crew of young professionals, will benefit the UAMS Patient Support Fund. The fund has helped hospital patients in need with a change of clothing or a travel voucher and awarded grants that have purchased hospital equipment and items such as car seats for patients in the neonatal intensive care unit and special pillows for heart patients.

If the Arkansas-Florida football game is played during the Rock Town Bacon Throwdown time of 1-4:30 p.m., it will be shown live on the stadium’s scoreboard video screens.

“Our Patient Support Fund has been a critical, ongoing source for helping our patients and families — whether through a simple change of clothes for a patient far from home to a piece of lifesaving new medical equipment,” said Roxane Townsend, M.D., chief executive officer of UAMS Medical Center and vice chancellor for clinical programs. “The Rocktown Bacon Throwdown will be a fun and delicious way to help our patients and families.”

For a complete list of participating Rock Town Throwdown chefs, visit the Aux Crew’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/UAMSYoungAuxiliary. You also can follow them on Twitter or Instagram: @uamsauxcrew. For more about the UAMS Medical Center Auxiliary’s young professionals group, visit www.uamshealth.com/auxcrew.

The UAMS Medical Center Auxiliary plays an important role in providing for the needs of the patients and visitors of the UAMS Medical Center. Part of that commitment includes giving back to programs and departments on campus doing work that directly promotes, improves and advances the welfare, health and comfort of UAMS patients. The Aux Crew helps further support the mission of the UAMS Medical Center Auxiliary.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,800 students and 775 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com.

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